Just as the transition from Wayne Herwig, longtime owner to Jarrod Harms was not obvious to a customer, neither will this change in ownership.
Harms purchased Paullina Body Shop from Herwig on Jan. 1, 2012. Under his leadership, Harms maintained the high quality of craftsmanship. Harms earned his auto body degree from Northwest Iowa Community College, Sheldon, in 1994 and worked with Wayne until his purchase. During his time, he added a paint booth in 2016, something he and new owner, Adam Koster, say is not something you see in every small body shop business.
When he took over the business in 2012, everything was handwritten. Today, right up through the current model year, Koster has the pleasure of using automated systems for estimating, diagnostics and more. They explain that the automated systems make it easier to work with insurance companies.
Harms has not determined any specific plans for the future. "I'm going to explore opportunities, but I will stay through the transition, helping with daily tasks."
Koster says, "We can accommodate most needs; glass needs, chips, replacement." And they both make special mention that they use top of the line PPG paint, favoring "Envirobase" a water based, more environmentally friendly paint.
Koster, originally from Newell, Iowa, came to Paullina Body Shop in the fall of 2014. He came with some experience and a two-year auto body degree from Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge.
Koster left for a short while in early 2019 and took a shop manager position in Storm Lake. The stint gave Koster some management experience and broader experience. He returned to Paullina at the beginning of September. The talks of ownership soon began.
All things about Paullina Body Shop – name, place, phone remain the same.
Koster lives in Paullina with his family; wife Kayla, children Davian, Adalya & Rilynn.
Harms and his family, wife, Kelli and two stepchildren, Riley and Reagan, also reside in Paullina. Harms is appreciative for his years at Paullina Body Shop. He says "thank you" for the support from the beginning and continuing.